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Friday, October 10, 2008

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A Penn alum splitting from a major studio and another Penn alum continues to be a TV making machine!

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Stacey Snider (C'82) and Steven Spielberg leave Dreamworks to work at their new Reliance Big Entertainment backed movie company ..and need a line of credit! More here

My past posts about Stacey here

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Mark Cronin (Eng'86) is a reality TV making machine!

  • His second installment of "Charm School" Premieres on Sunday, October 12 at 9:00 PM ("Rock of Love Charm School") where he's putting 14 of the most memorable contestants from "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" through Etiquette school with Sharon Osbourne.


  • And then on October 20 at 9:00PM, Mark spins off more of his previous contestants into a show of their own. This one takes 'Real' and 'Chance' from "I Love New York" and puts them in a new show called "Real Chance of Love"
Per VH1.com, 
"The tables have turned for these horse-breeding, music-producing entertainer brothers known as the "Stallionaires" who were just seen in the high stakes show "I Love Money" where they duked it out in an attempt to win the grand prize of $250,000. Real tried to find love on "I Love Money" after proposing to Hoopz but was sadly turned down once again. Now, Real and Chance are the ones in control and this time it'll be a gamble for 17 young ladies who will move into their ranch house to fight for their hearts."



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Another year, another Penn tradition rears its head: The Econ Scream!

This week, Class of 2012 students let loose their frustration in this long standing Penn Tradition as students prepare for their first econ 001 midterm the following day. Check out the video above! (Thanks to Nancy Zhang (W'12) for the video!)

And if you missed it last year, here was the Class of 2011 Econ Scream below:


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Check out the above clip from Access Hollywood where Elizabeth Banks (C'96) talks about working with Oliver Stone and portraying Laura Bush in the upcoming W film.  Find out what she did to prepare for the role!

Then remember to tune-in tonight to see Liz on Letterman!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008


UPenn, Hollywood, Lindsey Rosin, Showbizzle.comWhat happens when you graduate from Penn, have a hot TV spec that catches the attention of ABC, ..and then the writer's strike happens?!

You partner with your successful Hollywood father to create an entertaining and informative website for other creative types to join and network on.

Lindsey Rosin (C'07, The Excelano Project, The Writers House, Kappa Alpha Theta) has joined forces with her father Charles Rosin (Executive Producer of Beverly Hills 90210 for the first five seasons) to create www.showbizzle.com , a new form of internet entertainment that combines daily updates of original, scripted video content with a social network aimed at emerging actors, writers, directors, fans of the biz – basically anyone with a computer who is looking for some fun entertainment.

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Other Penn alumni friends have worked with Lindsey on showbizzle; Gabe Laskin (C'05, Mask and Wig) and Spencer Crawford (W'05, Mask and Wig), both have appeared as actors on the site (Gabe even has one of the three leads). Joey Power (C'06), Stacey Lloyd (C'06), Reg Tigerman (C'07, Mask and Wig) and Jonah Platt (C'08, Off the Beat) all wrote different characters for showbizzle as well.


Per Lindsey,
"The website serves as the daily blog of our fictitious blogger and main character, Janey. She hangs out at her favorite coffee place listening to old friends and new acquaintances, from all strata of Hollywood, confide intimate details about their career ambitions; creative aspirations, pipe dreams, hook ups, romantic liaisons, embarrassing day jobs, galvanizing moments, personal quests, major revelations, unexpected characters and narrative twists – you know, the basic personal and professional stuff that typifies what it's like to be young and in Los Angeles in 2008."
Lindsey sums up the site in 4 points:...+/-

1) Entertainment: it is a social entertainment website that streams scripted two-minute vignettes – updated on a daily basis – these vignettes are centered around the lives of twenty-somethings as they live and work in Hollywood.

2) Community: By joining our site, users can create their own profiles and submit their own videos and blog entries to tell their own stories – as well as comment on our scripted entertainment content, which will influence future story lines.

3) Insider information: Ever wonder what it really takes to make it in Hollywood? showbizzle also offers career advice and insider info via video-taped conversations between showbizzle writer/executive producer Charles Rosin and various Hollywood types. The one thing we can assure you about the 170 videos we will be posting on the showbizzle website this fall is that each vignette feels authentic and different from virtually everything else you can currently find on the world wide web.

4) In addition users will be encouraged to send in videos and blog entries and allow the community to determine their favorites. The winners will then be brought to Hollywood and be involved with the professional production of showbizzle when we go back into production in early 2009,” Charles said.  Lindsey adds, “For some people, it might be an incredible opportunity and a big break -- the amount of exposure available on the internet is endless and that is so priceless to a young talent who is just starting out on their career and trying to break through.”

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frontrunnersIn the spirit of the upcoming presidential election, Erika Frankel's (C'00) documentary campaign film (with a twist!) is about to be released nationwide on October 24th.

Since I posted about Erika's film Frontrunners last September, they had their world premiere in competition at South by Southwest (SXSW) and were picked up for distribution by Adam Yauch's (of the Beastie Boys) new company Oscilloscope Pictures. Frontrunners is their third release.

Per Erika here's the synopsis,
"What do Tim Robbins, Thelonius Monk, Drew Nieporent, Jerry Nadler, and Lucy Liu all have in common? They all graduated from Stuyvesant, the jewel in the crown of NYC’s high schools for gifted students. Not surprisingly, some of the nation’s smartest, most media-savvy teenagers run an election for class president with primaries, televised debates, newspaper endorsements and considerable schmoozing in the halls. Stuyvesant accepts 3% of the 25,000 kids who apply, and when just one is going to be class president, you can bet that tensions run high."

FRONTRUNNERS screening locations/dates:

New York City - Film Forum (Oct 15-21)
Tickets now on sale here

Los Angeles - Nuart Theatre (Oct 24-31)
San Francisco - Lumiere Theatre (Oct 24-31)
Berkeley, CA - Shattuck Cinemas (Oct 24-31)
Denver - Starz FilmCenter (Oct 24-31)
Boston - Brattle Theatre (Oct 24-31)
Philadelphia - Ritz at the Bourse (Oct 24-31)

For more information about the film, visit http://www.frontrunnersthefilm.com/


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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Allison Winn ScotchWhat if you had the opportunity to go back in time and choose a different path?  It’s a question we all ask ourselves and author Allison Winn Scotch (C’95) wrote a book about it.

Streeting today, The Time of My Life (per Allison) is about an unhappy housewife who has been “whisked seven years back, back to her old life, her old self, back to the moments in which she made decisions that charted her future course. And now that she’s back, she’s faced with the same roadblocks and obstacles, only this time, armed with hindsight, she can choose a different path and finally lay to rest all of her "what ifs.”

Allison Winn Scotch...If you recall from my post back in June, a major film company acquired the right to Allison's book! More here!

Read a full synopsis of The Time of My Life here...+/-

“From the outside view, Jillian Westfield has a pitch-perfect life. Her cherubic 18-month old daughter, her wildly successful investment banker husband, a four-bedroom, five-bath, lemon-scented home with landscaping and neighbors to match. But that doesn’t stop her from mulling over the past, from pushing away the "what ifs" that haunt her when she allows them to seep into her consciousness. What if she hadn’t married Henry? What if she hadn’t abandoned her job at the first sign of pregnancy? What if she’d never broken up with Jackson? What if she answered her mother’s letter? Because underneath the shiny veneer of her life, Jill waddles around in a faltering marriage, brewing resentment, and an air of discontentedness.

But after an ethereal massage in which her therapist releases her blocked chi, she wakes up to discover that she’s been whisked seven years back, back to her old life, her old self, back to the moments in which she made decisions that charted her future course. And now that she’s back, she’s faced with the same roadblocks and obstacles, only this time, armed with hindsight, she can choose a different path and finally lay to rest all of her "what ifs."

Much more than a story about a real life desperate housewife. Instead, it speaks to so many of our tiny, lingering doubts, the same doubts that send us googling old friends and exes or wistfully pulling out pictures of days gone by. And through Jillian’s journey, in which she rediscovers the mother who abandoned her, reacquaints herself with the strengths she once deemed important, and may literally rewrite her future, we all get a chance to peek inside the windows of our own "what ifs," and consider if the path we took was the one that has granted us the most happiness.”


On a related note, as you may remember, another Class of ‘95 alum is also doing a project about a character going back in time to right wrongs with his younger self.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

UPenn If you're in Los Angeles, THIS is the Penn event (among others) you'll want to go to to listen to esteemed Penn alumni speak about their experiences in the entertainment industry and hear about their journey from Locust Walk to Hollywood.

Panelists include:

Zach Lutsky (C'97) - Actor and Medical Consultant for NBC's "ER"
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Jason Resnick, C'92 - Senior Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Acquisitions for the Universal Pictures Group

Sherri Cooper, C'94 - television writer and producer for ABC's "Brothers and Sisters" and The CW's "Everwood." (Did you see "Book Burning", the episode Sherri just co-wrote which aired last week for "Brothers and Sisters" (10/8/08)?)

Others TBD

Moderated by Lew Schneider C'83, writer for "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "New Adventures of Old Christine"
More information about the panelists here

Schedule of Events:
6:30 - 7:00 pm Arrival/Networking, no food or drinks
7:00 - 8:30 pm Panelists
8:30 - 9:00 pm Q+A
9:00 - 10:00 pm Networking/Reception with light snacks

Special offer:
For a limited time (or until sold out) the PennClubLA is pleased to offer,
- $10 tickets to paid members of PennClubLA. Offer expires Oct 11 at 12PM.
- Non member tickets are $25.
- At door: $30, no exceptions.
Buy your tickets here.

Date:
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 at 6:30pm

Location:
ICM Screening Room, 10250 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Note: Parking is not hosted. There is free parking across the street.

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Watch the clip above of Anderson Cooper's visit to UPenn this past Saturday.  In this opening clip he brings  a little levity to the room.

Anderson Cooper then goes on to talk about his experiences as a journalist and dishes out advice, telling students to "seek out what scares you the most."

In the clip below, Anderson answers a question about news during the beginning of Iraq.


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